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TMJ Treatment Charleston, SC

TMJ TreatmentAn Overview

Do you suffer from frequent headaches, neck or jaw pain, or an uncomfortable bite?

These can be the symptoms of a bite disorder or occlusal disease. Commonly referred to as TMJ, bite disorders can impact your dental health and your daily quality of life if left untreated. Graduates of the Dawson Academy, Charleston dentists Dr. James Dickert and Dr. Agatha Lynn have advanced training in the comprehensive diagnosis of occlusal disease and can help you restore your oral health with TMJ therapy.

Common Symptoms of TMJ

A bite disorder can have a range of symptoms, including:

  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw pain or discomfort
  • Difficulty chewing or speaking
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw joint

Teeth Grinding and TMJ

Another common sign of a bite problem is teeth grinding. Many patients do not realize they are grinding their teeth, but worn teeth or cracked teeth are common signs that this is occurring. If you notice that your teeth appear flat or worn on the biting surface, or feel sore in the morning, you are probably grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw.

Although teeth grinding or jaw clenching can be a response to stress, a dysfunctional bite often leads to this habit because of the tension it creates in the jaw. When the teeth do not make proper contact, the jaw is unable to relax into its natural position. Many patients with an uneven bite will grind and clench their teeth without realizing it, ultimately wearing down and damaging them in the process.

Schedule A Consultation

To learn more about our personalized care and treatment for TMJ, contact our Charleston dentist office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Charleston and many local areas in a warm, caring environment. Contact us at (843) 371-5480 or request an appointment online.

TMJ Treatment What to Expect

The first step is a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of your occlusal system. This includes the teeth, gums and jaw joints. Pinpointing the underlying cause of your bite dysfunction is the key to treatment that will go beyond the symptoms and improve your overall oral health for the long term.

Treatment will be tailored to your specific needs and can include one or more of the following:

  • Mouth guard and splint therapy: this conservative option can be either a solution for a mild problem or a first step for more advanced malocclusion. A dental splint can be used to help you find the most comfortable and functional jaw position for adjusting your bite with restorative procedures.
  • Bite correction: using restorative procedures to repair damage and/or adjust the alignment of your bite.
  • Orthodontics: for crooked teeth, we may recommend Invisalign® or other orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile and address your bite dysfunction.

Why choose West Ashley Family Dentistry?